September 9, 2015

OK. So in my attempt to slow things down a bit I have come across a few good recipes for bread. Since finding these recipes I have not bought bread because they are fabulous! I want to share them because they are so good and because we need to start looking at where our food comes from. There are so many artificial products that are sold every day, but do we really know where any of it comes from. The more you do yourself, the fewer chemicals and toxins you will ingest. The first recipe for white bread is from the website "Dinner with the Bickfords".  This particular recipe is for the bread machine.  My husband recently bought me one and I was determined to use it. The recipe is so simple, I thought "This will not turn out alright, it's too easy". However, to my surprise it was amazing!

1. In bread machine place, water, oil, and salt

1 1/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup oil
2 tsp salt

2. Add flour on top of liquids. Place sugar in one corner. Make a well in the flour and place yeast in the well.

4 cups flour
2 tbsp and 2 tsp sugar
3 tsp yeast

3. Start bread machine! I use the basic bread setting on mine and it takes about 2 and 1/2 hours.

For those who prefer Wheat bread, no worries! I have you covered as well. My father will only eat wheat bread so I had to find one that he would like. After many near misses, I finally found one that he likes too. This recipe comes from bread machine recipe. Again this is for the bread machine.

1. Add water, butter, and salt to the bread machine.

1 1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp butter
1 3/4 tsp salt

2. Add flour, sugar, and yeast on top of liquids.

1 3/4 cup wheat flour
1 3/4 cup flour
1 3/4 tsp sugar
1 3/4 tsp yeast

3. Start bread machine! I use the basic loaf setting on my machine which takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to finish.

Another great way to know what chemicals one is taking in is to make your own butter as well. I use an organic whipping cream and put it the food processor. This takes about 5 min or so. This will produce both butter and buttermilk. Separate the two and you can use the buttermilk for other recipes as well. As the whipping cream starts to form the butter you will notice liquid also forms. This liquid is the buttermilk. To get all of the liquid out of the butter just press the butter in cheese cloth after it's done. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do.

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